My poem “Imperfectly Purified” appears at Ekphrastic Writing Challenge Responses: Cristobal Rojas. It can be seen here, with other deserving reads. The painting “El Purgatorio,” by Cristobal Rojas is the inspiration for the challenge, and I am pleased that Kerfe Roig is among the poets with whom I share recognition.
My thanks go to Guest Editor Janette Schafer at The Ekphrastic Review, for including my poem.
Image source: Wikimedia Commons – El Purgatorio, by Cristobal Rojas
faint rustle of leaves
wind swaying willow branches
ripple touching shore
This haiku is my response to RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge #262,
where the prompt words are ripple and wind.
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travel plans canceled
roads washed out by heavy rain
a knock at the door
unexpected guests arrive
in shimmer of transporter
This tanka is my response to Carpe Diem Weekend Mediation #93
Carpe Diem’s Utopia … transportation, which challenges us to create
a classical haiku or tanka with a modern theme
(here with an eye to the future).
loss seems forever
in darkness beyond desire
new needs awaken
one heart touches another
the beauty of new love born
Starting as a senryū, this tanka is my response to
Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge
No. 135 #SynonymsOnly, which offers pretty and ugly as prompt words.
I have used “beauty” and “darkness” as synonyms.
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Carpe Diem #1697 Renga with Jane Reichhold … placing the flute
asks us to create a renga (or chain of verses) by following
each provided haiku by Jane Reichhold (in blue), in any order, with two lines.
A “closed chain” is attained when the hokku (starting verse)
and ageku (closing verse) connect in a way to make “the circle” complete.
dancing on the beach
I jab a stick into the sky
to break up the blue
sun giving way to shadow
welcome relief of evening
days so complete
words become the calls of birds
the high tide wind
carries the scent of sea foam
mingling with all most pleasant
from a woman’s shoulder
carried across the mountains
like a song riding the breeze
placing the flute
against her lips something
slips into place
a tune that piques the senses
with charms that arouse desire
moon white water
lovers in the secret cove
long hours gazing at the stars
wisdom reaching through the years
I’m not old
all night my eyes have held
the ancient stars
until deep dark of night sky
yields to light of morning’s blue
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on far horizon
acceptance without judgment
dream come true one day
This senryū is my response to
Carpe Diem #1698 Hot Summer Night … Imagination,
where the prompt is to write Japanese poetry
inspired by the provided photo.
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dappled light above
as sun rays dance on the leaves
dancing in response
This haiku is my response to
Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #92
Quest for a New Masterpiece: Sun Rays.
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